Monday, December 31, 2018

Camarines Norte placed under state of calamity

Photo courtesy of Camarines Norte PIO
DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard)— Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of Camarines Norte has unanimously approved the recommendation declaring the province under state of calamity to mitigate the effects of the disaster and stabilize the situation in the disaster-stricken areas.

This was during the 28th Sangguniang Panlalawigan Special Session presided by Vice Gov. Jonah Pimentel.

Camarines Norte is the fourth Bicol province to declare a state of calamity. Earlier, Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon also approved the same declarations.

Upon the declaration of a state of calamity, remedial measures may be undertaken by the concerned national agencies or local governments such as automatic imposition of price control; programming/reprogramming funds for the repair and safety-upgrading of public infrastructure and facilities; and allowing the granting or restructuring of loans by government financing or lending institution to bonafide victims of the disaster in accordance with their respective charters.

The same deferment or moratorium shall be granted to corporate borrowers of aforesaid government credit institutions whose operations are seriously impaired by the calamity.

There may also be release of national calamity funds to agencies involved in relief operations and rehabilitation and restoration of damaged infrastructures as well as to affected LGUs and release of Local Calamity Funds within the affected LGU or other areas affected by a disaster or calamity for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and other works or services.

There are at least ten casualties in Camarines Norte, all due to landslides, per the report submitted to the Provincial Government this morning.

Three victims are from Labo; three from Jose Panganiban; and four from Basud.

FEATURE | What are the effects of a declaration of state of calamity?

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)--The catastrophic effects of 'Usman' has prompted local leaders in Camarines Sur, Albay, Camarines Norte, and Sorsogon to declare a state of calamity to mitigate the effects of the disaster and stabilize the situation in the disaster-stricken areas.

Upon the declaration of a state of calamity, the law provides that following remedial measures may be undertaken by the concerned national agencies or local governments:

a. Automatic imposition of price control. Monitoring, prevention and control of overpricing/profiteering and hoarding of prime commodities, medicines and petroleum product by the Local Price Coordination Council; (see 1 of R.A. 7851)

b. Programming/reprogramming funds for the repair and safety-upgrading of public infrastructure and facilities;

c. Allowing the granting or restructuring of loans by government financing or lending institution to bonafide victims of the disaster in accordance with their respective charters.

The same deferment or moratorium shall be granted to corporate borrowers of aforesaid government credit institutions whose operations are seriously impaired by the calamity.

d. Release of national calamity funds to agencies involved in relief operations and rehabilitation and restoration of damaged infrastructures as well as to affected LGUs.

e. Release of Local Calamity Funds within the affected LGU or other areas affected by a disaster or calamity for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and other works or services.

Under Section 19 of REPUBLIC ACT No. 10121, when there is a State of Calamity, any person, group or corporation who commits any of the following prohibited acts shall be held liable and be subjected to the penalties as prescribed in Section 20 of this Act:

(a) Dereliction of duties which leads to destruction, loss of lives, critical damage of facilities and misuse of funds;

(b) Preventing the entry and distribution of relief goods in disaster-stricken areas, including appropriate technology, tools, equipment, accessories, disaster teams/experts;

(c) Buying, for consumption or resale, from disaster relief agencies any relief goods, equipment or other and commodities which are intended for distribution to disaster affected communities;

(d) Buying, for consumption or resale, from the recipient disaster affected persons any relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities received by them;

(e) Selling of relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities which are intended for distribution to disaster victims;

(f) Forcibly seizing relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities intended for or consigned to a specific group of victims or relief agency;

(g) Diverting or misdelivery of relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities to persons other than the rightful recipient or consignee;

(h) Accepting, possessing, using or disposing relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities not intended for nor consigned to him/her;

(i) Misrepresenting the source of relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities by:

(1) Either covering, replacing or defacing the labels of the containers to make it appear that the goods, equipment or other aid commodities came from another agency or persons;

(2) Repacking the! goods, equipment or other aid commodities into containers with different markings to make it appear that the goods came from another agency or persons or was released upon the instance of a particular agency or persons;

(3) Making false verbal claim that the goods, equipment or other and commodity m its untampered original containers actually came from another agency or persons or was released upon the instance of a particular agency or persons;

(j) Substituting or replacing relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities with the same items or inferior/cheaper quality;

(k) Illegal solicitations by persons or organizations representing others as defined in the standards and guidelines set by the NDRRMC;

(l) Deliberate use of false at inflated data in support of the request for funding, relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities for emergency assistance or livelihood projects; and

(m) Tampering with or stealing hazard monitoring and disaster preparedness equipment and paraphernalia.

Batocabe to be laid to rest today

Photo: PIA

DARAGA, Albay (Bicol Standard) -- Cries and calls for justice filled the necrological mass and funeral procession of the late Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe this morning here.

The mass for Batocabe, which was attended by relatives and supporters, was held at Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church.

The late congressman will be buried at Daraga Catholic Cemetery.

Meantime, the police is continuing with its investigation on the shooting of Batocabe and his aide at a gift-giving activity for senior citizens and persons with disability in this town.

Last week, the police released the facial sketches of two of the persons of interest in the killing.

Reward of 50 million pesos is being offered for information that will lead to the identification of the perpetrators.

Barangay kagawad kan Paracale, binadil, gadan

PARACALE, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Binadil nin duwang dai bistong lalaki si Brgy. Kagawad Lope Elnar y Era, 61 kan P-9, Brgy. Batobalani sa banwaan na ini kasubagong ala 1:00 nin aga, sabi sa report kan puli.

Si Elnar nakalunad sa tricycle kan sina paputokan nin pirang beses sa saiyang lawas, gamit kan mga suspechado an dai aram na kalibre nin badil.

Bigla sanang nagbutwa an mga para gadan hale sa madiklom na lugar kan tinampo, dangan binadil tulos an biktima.

Pakatapos na maseguro kan mga kriminal na may mga mortal nang tama sa lawas an biktima, marikas sindang nagdulag pasiring sa dae maderminaran na lugar.

Idinalagan pa man kuta si Elnar sa Labo District Hospital para ipabulong.

Alagad, pig declarar kan doctor na mayo na siya nin buhay.

Mayo pa nin ideya an mga awtoridad kun ano an motibo kan krimen.

Nagpapadagos an imbestigasyon hasta ngonian.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

‘Usman’ leaves PHP2.73-M initial agri damage in CamSur, Samar

MANILA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Sunday reported a PHP2.73-million initial damage to agricultural products caused by Tropical Depression Usman which is now downgraded to a low-pressure area (LPA).

Based on the DA-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Operation Center Bulletin No. 1, as of 8 a.m. Sunday, damage to palay was recorded at PHP2.13 million planted on 684 hectares farm land, affecting 195 farmers in Camarines Sur and Samar areas.

For corn crops, a total of PHP604,107 were destroyed, affecting 463 hectares and 197 farmers in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Masbate.

The DA said it has already prepositioned seed reserves for rice, corn, high value crops, and needed fertilizers in the affected areas. (PNA)

'Usman' death toll in Bicol reaches 35

Photo: Bicol PNP

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The number of casualties brought about by ‘Usman’ in the Bicol region has risen to 35, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional office reported.

In its data as of 6 a.m., December 30, the OCD said that of the 35, 12 were killed in Albay; 4 in Sorsogon; 9 in Camarines Sur; 3 in Camarines Norte; and 7 in Masbate.

Landslides and drowning in floods were pinpointed as the causes of death in the same report.

In an interview with the media, OCD Bicol Director Claudio Yucot maintained that the office earlier warned residents in flood- and landslide-prone areas to evacuate.

Some, however, did not heed the warnings, especially since Bicol was placed only under Signal Number 1, Yucot said.

Meantime, authorities are still conducting rescue operations to families affected by ‘Usman’ as of this afternoon.

DOH Bicol to step up in condom use campaign vs HIV

DOH-5 Regional Director Ernie Vera announced his plan to tap the media in the promotion of condom use during a press conference in Legazpi City earlier this month. (Photo  by Casandra Balala)

LEGAZPI CITY—As it seeks to stop the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) plans to do more in the promotion of use and distribution of condoms.

“We can control HIV. The implementation of condom use program was the strategy of Thailand to prevent and lessen HIV cases,” Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH regional director for Bicol, said.

Vera said Thailand had an HIV epidemic before, but the Philippines’ neighboring country addressed the problem through the implementation of a condom use promotion strategy.

DOH data showed that from last January to September, Bicol reported 229 cases of HIV, a virus that infects cells of the immune system, making the patient vulnerable to infections, a condition called acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The virus can be detected 11 days after a person had a contact with a person with HIV.

Vera said condoms are free at rural health units. He appealed to local government units to enact an ordinance that supports the condom use program under RA 8504 or the Philippine HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act.

Condom use is intended not only for family planning, but also for disease prevention, he said. “Sadly, there is a low utilization of condom in the Philippines.”

Vera said DOH-5’s ABCDE campaign will give emphasis to condom distribution and use to reverse this underutilization. ABCDE stands for Abstinence; Be Mutually Faithful; Consistent use of Condom; Do not Abuse Alcohol or share needle; and Education—the safe sex practices espoused by DOH.

DOH statitics also reveal that the Philippines has 32 new HIV infections each day. The mounting number of new infections has been acute among men who have sex with men.

“Right now, DOH Bicol is engaging the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community to become part of the advocacy to prevent HIV,” Vera said.

Through several conventions, DOH welcomed the LGBT as its partners and advocates who could encourage their peers to undergo HIV tests, he added. (PIA-5)

Cop shoots himself in the head

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – A police officer residing allegedly shot himself inside the comfort room of this residence using his .22 caliber pistol, the Naga City Police Office reported.

Hector Nepomuceno y Abis, 26 years old, and a resident of Matuninong St., Barangay San Francisco, this city expired while he was being rushed to Mother Seton Hospital by a rescue ambulance.

Investigators said Nepomuceno shot himself on his right temple.

Nepomuceno is the son of the punong barangay of San Francisco.

18 dead in Bicol due to 'Usman'

Photo: OCD Bicol
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Eighteen people are dead in this region due to landslides and drowning brought about by the incessant rains of ‘Usman,’ the Police Regional Office 5 announced as of 9 p.m. Saturday, citing a report by the Office of Civil Defense Bicol.

In Albay, a landslide in Barangay San Francisco, Legazpi City claimed the lives of Mia Loreto, Mauro Alegre, and Marco Alegre. Meantime, in Barangay Sugod, Tiwi town, two lifeless male persons whose identities have not been verified have been recovered by the authorities.

In Sorsogon City and Bulan in Sorsogon province, the casualties were identified as Angelina Gerona, Jaime Morrico, Gerald Despabiladeras, and Gilbert Desunia.

In Camarines Sur, Charles Las Penas and Charles Luzande of the town of Lagonoy were both casualties of a landslide.

In Masbate, the casualties were Susana Celesti, Minang Macahilig y Celesti, Rosana Macahilig y Celesti, Juan Francisco y Gigante, Jun Nerza, Teresita Fapillajera, and Marilyn Catarinin of the towns of Claveria, Mobo, and Uson.

Tropical Depression Usman, which has weakened into a Low Pressure Area, continues to bring heavy moderate to heavy rains with lighting and strong winds in the region this morning.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sari-saring lalawgon kan baha na dara kan TD Usman sa Naga asin Cam Sur

Sari-saring lalawgon kan baha na dara kan TD Usman sa Naga asin Cam Sur (Kua ni Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)



MGA SIRA NA DARA KAN BAHA: Hito, carpa, tilapia na tinitinda sa may Baraka Bridge, San Fernando, Camarines Sur sa tahaw kan makusog na baha asin uran. (Kua ni Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)


TD USMAN | 3 killed in landslide in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Three people, including a 3-year-old child, were killed in a landslide brought by the heavy downpour at Purok 2, Barangay San Franciso, this city earlier today.

They were identified as Mauro Alegre, 26 years old; Mia Loreto, 20; and Marco Alegre, 3.

They were three of the 13 residents in their household.

The other ten were unharmed.

Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Chief Cedric Daep said the residents in said barangay were advised to evacuate, but several still decided to stay.

Heavy rainfall red warning alert was earlier hoisted in the province.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

PHOTOS | Legazpi cops conduct coastal cleanup

Legazpi City cops held a coastal cleanup activity along the seashore of Puro, Legazpi City on Christmas Day in connection with the Legazpi Cops Clean, Protect, and Save (LCCPS) Environment Project. (Photos courtesy of Legazpi CPS)


Bato North Central School recognized for time consciousness, honesty

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Bato North Central School in Poblacion, Bato, Camarines Sur was named 3rd runner-up by the The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines in the implementation of Project W.A.T.C.H. (We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty).

In a ceremony held on December 17 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office in Pasig City, the school from Bicol was awarded P15,000, the DepEd said in its news release.

In a written message, DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones congratulated all the awardees: “I wish to congratulate the best implementers and awardees for championing punctuality and honesty – values that we aim to inculcate among our Filipino learners who will be our future nation-builders.”

She likewise conveyed her gratitude toward the JCI Senate of the Philippines and the DepEd External Partnerships Service-Special Events Unit (EPS-SEU) for the successful conduct of the 2018 national awarding ceremony for the Project W.A.T.C.H.

“With the K to 12 Basic Education Program, DepEd strives to produce 21st century, lifelong learners equipped not only with competencies, but more importantly, with the core values that will enable them to contribute to the betterment of society,” Briones concluded.

Also present at the event were DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, JCI Senators Cesar Ochoa, Apollo Enriquez, and Jeanine De Jesus, and other officials and personnel.

Project W.A.T.C.H. is an advocacy movement for punctuality and honesty jointly undertaken by JCI Senate Philippines and DepEd, pursuant to President Proclamation No. 1782 dated May 21, 2009. This year’s awarding carried the theme, “Oras ay Ginintuan, Katapatan para sa Kinabukasan.”

Army in Bicol on full alert on CPP anniversary

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) -- Government troops are on full alert as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

9th Infantry Division Spokesperson Col. Pol Regencia said they are continuously conducting monitoring operations and bracing themselves for possible attacks.

He told Bicolanos to be vigilant, especially since the rebels have recently been silent.

Meantime, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during the yearend meeting of the Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council earlier this month that Bicol is one of the areas in which there are a considerable number of rebels.

DILG to LGUs, PNP: Enforce regulations on firecrackers

To prevent fires and accidents caused by the illegal use of firecrackers, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) directs local government units (LGUs) all over the country and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to remain vigilant and be on top in enforcing the regulation of firecrackers in the country, particularly during this holiday season.

“Upang maiwasan ang anumang sakuna o sunog na dulot ng paputok, kailangang ipatupad ng mga LGUs ang kautusan laban sa paggamit ng paputok,” says DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

The DILG chief says that their target is the continuous decline of firecracker related injuries this year. "For this year, sana mas bumaba pa ang mga masasaktan dahil sa paputok. Kaya naman natin kung gugustohin," he says.

Under Republic Act 7183, an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, the PNP should determine what constitute as prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices and promulgate rules and regulations necessary to regulate and control their use.

Likewise, local chief executives are authorized to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices within their territorial jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, Executive Order 28 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, which provides for the regulation and control of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices, states that the use of fireworks shall be confined to community fireworks display.

EO 28 says that fireworks display must be conducted on the occasion or as part of a celebration, competition, or similar event held in a venue other than a place of residence, and must be done under the supervision of a trained personnel duly licensed by the PNP.

Display of fireworks must also be granted permission by the concerned LGU through a permit specifying the date and time of the fireworks display and the specific area in which the display will be conducted, in conformity with national standards, rules and regulations.

Año says that the PNP and LGUs must be cognizant in implementing the stipulations of the law to ensure the continuous decline of fireworks related accidents during the holiday season.

"Napakahalaga ng bahagi ng PNP at LGUs sa pagpapatupad ng batas laban sa pagpapaputok tuwing panahon ng Kapaskuhan at Bagong Taon, at sa pagtiyak ng kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan," he says.

Among the banned firecrackers are: Watusi, piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, large Judas belt, large bawang, pillbox, bosa, Goodbye Philippines, Bin Laden, mother rocket, lolo thunder, coke in can, atomic bomb, five star, pla-pla, giant whistle bomb and kabasi.

Oplan Iwas Paputok

In the same vein, the DILG Chief directs the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to never let their guard down to provide assistance in case fire incidents, including those caused by the illegal use of firecrackers, occur during the period.

Records from the BFP show that last New Year's Eve, there were 14 fire incidents reported nationwide which took place between the evening of December 31, 2018 leading to January 1, 2018.

In the said data, majority of fire accidents were caused by pyrotechnics and firecracker usage.

Año says that as most fire incidents last New Year's Eve originated from residential areas, the persistence of the BFP, PNP and LGUs in communicating the relevance of fire safety measures is timely and relevant.

"In this Christmas and New Year's season, when people can get a little too excited, fire accidents are likely to take place kaya naman mas lalong higit nating kailangang bantayan ang ating mga kabahayan at gusali laban sa sunog," he adds.

BFP Spokesperson F/Supt. Joanne Vallejo says the fire bureau has been on its toes in ensuring that the Christmas and New Year's season will be fire-hazard-free through its Oplan Iwas Paputok program.

Vallejo says that Oplan Iwas Paputok aims to promote public safety against fire and emergencies through intensified fire prevention information campaigns; to enforce the provision of the Fire Code; and coordinate all efforts in fire and emergency response with concerned agencies, LGUs, law enforcement agencies.

"Hindi po kami magpapabaya. Ang Oplan Iwas Paputok po ang aming paraan upang tiyakin na ang pagdiriwang ng Bagong Taon ng ating mga kababayan ay magiging ligtas. Makakaasa po sila na BFP will be there when they need us," she explains.###

9-year-old kid drowns in Sorsogon on Christmas Day

SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) – A grade 4 student drowned in the seawater of Barangay 1, Poblacion, Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon on Christmas Day.

Lawrence Noah M. Gabrillo, 9 years old, was declared dead on arrival at Matnog Medicare Community Hospital after he and his cousin were recovered by Benjamin Garbin and Ronaldo Formanes of Barangay 1, Poblacion, the police said.

The victim sought his parents’ permission to swim, but was not allowed because of the strong current, the investigators reported.

They were shocked to learn that the kids still proceeded despite not having permission.

The victim’s cousin was saved and is now recovering, the police added.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

PNP looking at all angles in Batocabe slay

MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it is looking at all possible angles and motives in the killing of AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, in Albay on Saturday afternoon.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said these include a close look into politics and the involvement of the New People’s Army (NPA) and private armed groups (PAGs).

“There is an information na parang ito nagbibigay or hinihingan ng revolutionary tax or extortion ng mga (from the) NPAs sa lugar (in the province) that’s one and also hindi natin tini-take (we are not taking) for granted or isinasawalang bahala ‘yung political side, political motive,” Albayalde told reporters on Monday.

“Pareho natin iniimbestigahan yan at meron tayong mga information na sinasabi nila na merong nagmi-maintain ng private armed group sa lugar na yan, these will all be operated on at ‘yan ay magko-conduct tayo ng case buildup kahit sasabihin natin na may nagtago, we will still case buildup dito sa mga sinasabi nilang nagmi-maintain ng PAGs. (We will conduct an investigation on both angles and we have an information that a private armed group is operating in the area, these will be evaluated and that we will conduct a case buildup despite efforts to conceal them… we will still have a case buildup against the alleged maintainers of these PAGs), he added.

Alayalde has ordered the creation of a special investigation task group that would exert all efforts to identify the perpetrators, including the possible mastermind of the slaying.

“As of this time nakausap natin yung RD doon (I already talked with the Regional Director), they were in a conference but I directed no less than the director of the CIDG to take the lead in the investigation dito sa pag-iimbestiga (to conduct probe) and the timeline natin dito is as soon as possible,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde said the identification of the gunmen is crucial to the solution of the case, adding that the facial recognition by some of the witnesses is a big help in going after them.

“We appeal to the public to immediately report to the police any information that could lead us to the perpetrators and to help us quickly solve this case,” Albayalde said.

Politicians crossed party lines to condemn the killing, with some of the congressmen raising at least PHP30 million so far as a reward for any information that could lead to the solution of the case.

The provincial government of Albay, on the other hand, is also raising separate reward money.

Batocabe had filed his candidacy for mayor of Daraga in next year’s mid-term elections.

Reports showed that Batocabe was shot by a still unidentified suspect while attending a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Barangay Burgos in Daraga town.

Batocabe and his escort were brought to a nearby hospital in Legazpi City but were both declared dead on arrival. (PNA)

Blow your torotot with care - EcoWaste Coalition

A group promoting non-toxic alternatives to firecrackers and fireworks emphasized the need for parental supervision as children may opt for torotot (paper or plastic hornpipe) as a substitute noisemaker in the run-up to the New Year.

The EcoWaste Coalition, a partner of the Department of Health-led Iwas Paputok campaign, issued the reminder as torototvendors enjoy brisk sales with the New Year revelry fast approaching.

“If a torotot is the preferred noisemaker, parents should select a well-made torotot and supervise a child while she or he plays with it. The importance of parental responsibility cannot be overemphasized as the torotots being sold in the market contain zero instruction on proper use and their quality and safety cannot be guaranteed,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“While a torotot will not blow off a child’s fingers or give off toxic fumes, it may cause injuries requiring medical care as well as add to the revelry garbage,” he warned.

Among the potential injuries from the use of torotot are 1) choking due to the accidental ingestion of the horn’s mouthpiece or whistle, 2) cuts or lacerations due to the sharp edges of the horn’s bell, and 3) noise-induced hearing loss due to loud sounds.

“A torotot contains small parts like the mouthpiece or whistle that can be detached and get swallowed by a child causing an airway blockage,” Dizon explained.

Dizon cited the two choking incidents in 2010 involving children aged 3 and 8, which prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue Health Advisory 2011-017 entitled “Warning on the Possible Choking Hazard Associated with the use of Torotot.”

“Some cone-shaped plastic horns have sharp edges that can cut a child’s sensitive skin,” he said.

“Also, some torotot may produce very loud sounds that can be harmful or distressing to humans as well as animals,” Dizon said, adding that “sound exceeding 85 decibels can damage hearing.”

The EcoWaste Coalition further raised the issue of torotot adding to the New Year revelry garbage.

“Torotots are often disposed of as trash after the festivities. It’s not difficult to spot them on the heaps of garbage following the merrymaking on New Year’s eve,” Dizon said.

“The proliferation of plastic torotots is a cause of concern as this may be unnecessarily adding to the mounting plastic pollution that the global community is faced with and is trying to address,” he said.

“The plastic torotots after their useful lives will have to go somewhere and we are not sure how much of these are reused or recycled at all,” he said.

To save money and to avoid the generation of more garbage this New Year, the EcoWaste Coalition stressed that banging pots and pans will definitely do the trick.

No matter what your preferred noisemaker is, parental supervision is highly recommended to prevent any untoward event that may harm a child, the group pointed out.

Tropical depression may affect Bicol this weekend

via Weather Philippines
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Bicol region will likely be affected by a tropical depression on Friday and Saturday, Weather Philippines reported.

This system is expected to enter PAR later today and could be named locally as “Usman.”

Residents are advised to prepare for moderate and extreme rains of 30 to more than 100 mm beginning Friday (December 28).

Other areas that may be affected are Northeastern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.

Monday, December 24, 2018

LTO Naga gives road safety tips to PUV drivers

Land Transportation Office - Naga continues its relentless endeavor of providing the drivers of Public Utility Vehicles road safety tips to ensure safe travel this holiday season. (Photo courtesy of LTO)


Save the Children Philippines calls on parents and teachers to address causes of bullying

Save the Children Philippines said parents and school authorities should look into the causes of a child’s misbehaviors such as bullying to address violence against children in all settings.

Wilma Banaga, Children Protection Advisor, Program Development Quality of Save the Children Philippines said adults should learn that interventions should be on both the child who was the target of bullying and the one who committed bullying.

“We need to understand that a child might bully another due to difficulties in managing anger, aggression, non-tolerance for individual differences, experiences of violence at home, or the lack of good role models at home,” said Banaga in a statement.

Save the Children believes that it is important for adults to be good role models to children. Positive Discipline or establishing a warm, nurturing and supportive environment at home can help prevent bullying from happening.

“Parents need to find the time to build a loving relationship with their children, and provide them the necessary guidance for them to grow up to be caring and non-violent individuals, and not children who accept that it is alright to hurt others,” said Banaga.

Save the Children Philippines is pushing for Positive Discipline that eliminates all forms of physical and humiliating punishment against children. The Positive Discipline bill has already been ratified by both Senate and House of Representatives.

Banaga also called for protection of privacy of all Ateneo Junior High School students involved in the viral video of bullying act circulating in the social media.

She said sharing of the bullying act in it itself and calling for harsh punishments for the child who committed the bullying constitute “cyber-bullying.”

“Save the Children Philippines believes that bullying should be taken seriously and immediately addressed by the school or community, and by the families of the children who are involved in this,” said Banaga in a statement on Friday.

Bullying is a form of violence being experienced by 3 out of 5 Filipino children, according to the 2015 National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (NBSVAC) of the Council for the Welfare of Children.

Banaga said bullying is commonly perpetrated by schoolmates and close friends and considered to be part of having ‘fun’ among friends. “(But) bullying is still a form of violence and has physical and psychological effects on the child being bullied, the child who committed the bullying and those who have witnessed it.”

She said cases of bullying should be reported to proper authorities. In school, the matter can be reported to a teacher or guidance counselor based on the school’s procedures in handling cases of bullying as mandated by Republic Act No. 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act, and by the Department of Education’s Child Protection Policy (Department Order No. 40 s.2012).

She also called on schools handling cases of bullying to follow due process. “Although schools can impose suspensions or expulsions if circumstances warrant it, we hope that this will be the last resort as such disciplinary measures have been found to increase the risk of children experience negative outcomes later in life, and do little to deter a student from misbehaving.”

DPWH reactivates 'Lakbay-Alalay'

MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reactivated its ‘Lakbay Alalay’ program, in anticipation of the heavy flow of traffic during the Christmas rush.

The program began Friday and ends on January 2, 2019.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said that motorist assistance stations manned by assistance teams will be set up in different locations across the country to assist road users.

He has directed regional directors and district engineers nationwide to deploy maintenance personnel, keep all communication systems operational, and be ready to provide emergency services to motorists and the traveling public.

The DPWH is coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), and local government units (LGUs) to ensure safe travel for the public during the holiday season.

Prior to the holidays, the district engineering offices of Western Visayas have been instructed by DPWH 6 (Western Visayas) Director Wenceslao Leaño Jr. to regularly conduct routine maintenance along that carriageway and roadsides and remove obstructions to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.

He also reminded regional maintenance engineers to ensure the installation of necessary pavement markings, informative and directional roads signs, including tents and tarpaulins that adhere to DPWH standard design.

Motorists are expected to travel to their respective provinces for the long weekend and spend the holidays with their loved ones. (PNA)

Gift-giving advice: Avoid unnecessary wrapping to reduce trash

As shopping for gift items hits frenzy level as Christmas nears, a waste and pollution watch group urged the public not to make the cheerful tradition of gift-giving a sad one for environment due to the thoughtless use and disposal of gift wrappers.

“Gift-giving can generate a lot of discards that, more often than not, go straight to the bin. Instead of keeping them for the next gift-giving, we find gift boxes, wrappers, and accessories habitually tossed into the dump,” said Daniel Alejandre, Zero Waste Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Gift-giving need not dirty and pollute our environment with more garbage. With a little creativity, we can make our gift-giving tradition less wasteful and less stressful for Mother Earth,” he pointed out.

To conserve resources and cut on gift wrap waste, the EcoWaste Coalition has come up with some suggestions to avoid the purchase and ensuing disposal of gift wrappers and trimmings this merry season.

1. Choose gift items with less packaging or require no wrapping.

2. If wrapping is needed, opt for substitute wrappers such as magazine pages, Sunday comics, potato-chip packs, etc.

3. For tying, go for abaca and other native twine, strips of scrap fabric, etc.

4. To protect fragile items from breakage, try crunched or shredded paper in lieu of bubble wrap or foam peanuts.

5. Make use of brown grocery bags, shoe boxes, tin cans, empty jars, etc. as gift receptacles.

6. Upcycle old clothes, fabric scraps, spare scarves, orphaned socks, and old pillows into gift wraps.

7. To embellish recycled gift packs, use unwanted fashion accessories, old cards, magazine cutouts, dried leaves and twigs, etc.

8. Try Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping, using vintage scarves or fabric scraps (check the Internet for free tutorials).

9. Put an unwrapped gift into a reusable cloth bag, which can be reused as a carry or shopping bag.

10. Refrain from putting wrapped gifts in plastic bags.

11. Cut and turn old Christmas cards into gift tags.

12. Carefully unwrap gifts and save the wrappers, ribbons and bows for the next gift-giving.

Another idea is to altogether drop gift wrapping and to just ask the recipient to close her or his eyes for a few seconds and then reveal the gift as it is.

The EcoWaste Coalition had earlier called for a plastic-less celebration of Christmas and New Year holidays, so as not to aggravate the country's ballooning waste production of over 40,000 tons per day.

For a plastic-less Christmas and New Year, the group offered the following tips: 1) bring reusable bags and containers on your trip to the wet market, tiangge, department store or shopping mall, 2) refrain from buying over packaged products, 3) avoid disposable cutlery (spoons, forks, knives) and crockery (dishes, plates, cups), 4) give plastic-free gifts, and 5) opt for home-made reusable holiday decorations.

THE PASSERBY | The joy of Christmas

The joy of Christmas
THE joy of Christmas springs from the fact that Jesus Christ, our savior, is born. “Puer natus est nobis,” says the entrance prayer in the Christmas Mass. A child is born for us, he is Christ the Lord, our Savior.

This good news should give us unspeakable joy. Whatever we may experience in this life, and many of them will not be good, we are sure of our salvation because Christ, the Son of God, the perfect
image that God has of himself, and the pattern of our humanity, has come to redeem us, to reclaim us as his own.

He will bear all our burden, our sins, our miseries, and conquer them with his passion, death and resurrection. He will give us everything that will enable us to recover our dignity as children of
God, image and likeness of God, no matter how unworthy we feel we are of such dignity, no matter how we mess up our life.

As long as we show some openness to God’s mercy, salvation is assured, without prejudice to some purifying processes that may be necessary, and the truth about hell. But God’s mercy, which goes
together with his justice, abounds more than our sins.

This is the very core of our joy in Christmas. We are given a tremendous gift—God himself in Jesus Christ made present in our life through the Holy Spirit. He has made himself visible, tangible and accessible in the Church, in the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, in his word recorded in Sacred Scripture, in the lives of saints, etc.

We really have no reason to worry. On the contrary, we have every reason to be happy in spite of whatever. We may not be able to fathom the depth of his love for us, nor capture the richness of
his mercy, but God is bent to save. He predestines no one to hell. If we get to hell, it is because of us, not because of him. And sad to say, we are capable to choosing hell rather than heaven.

The practical consequence of this truth of our faith is that we just have to be sport in our life, trying our best to do what we ought to do, although we know that we often miss the mark. We just
have to help one another to be holy, to try to be worthy of God’s love by corresponding as fully as we can to his love. We have to be patient with one another.

We have to learn to be like Christ who is willing to suffer for all of us. This is the way we can attain our true joy, and not be deceived by the many forms of false joy proliferating in the world today.

We need to train ourselves to have our sense of joy properly rooted. In this regard, let us try to be theological about it and not just sentimental or emotional, though the latter are also important, but as expressions of the objective foundation of our joy.

The spiritual and supernatural foundation of our joy has to be expressed also in a human way, through our emotions and passions. This is also to be learned, because many people do not know
how to translate their interior joy externally, or to show their spiritual joy on their faces.

Let us try to keep our Christmas joy alive all throughout the year. This is the kind of joy that can be felt even in the midst of our suffering and difficulties. It is the joy, and the peace that goes with it, that the world cannot give. It only comes from God!

Fr. Cimagala is the chaplain of the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE), Talamban, Cebu City. E-mail him at roycimagala@gmail. com.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Residence of Ako Bicol representative Garbin robbed

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) –More or less half a million pesos’ worth of valuables were robbed from the residence of Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin, Jr. at around 9:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

This comes a day after Garbin’s fellow Ako Bicol representative Rodel Batocabe and aide were gunned down during a gift-giving Saturday afternoon.

The police said the suspect gained entry at the awning type window of the comfort room located at the second floor of their residence at Barangay Buragwis, this city.

The valuables, composed of three wristwatches and checks, were inside the personal bag of the congressman.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Ako Bicol Congressman Batocabe shot dead at gift-giving

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe succumbed to death after he was shot by an unidentified assailant while he was attending a gift-giving to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD) at around 3 p.m. at the covered court of Barangay Burgos, Daraga town today.

This was confirmed by Rep. Joey Salceda in his Facebook post, citing a police report.

Initial reports say Batocabe was hit in the head.

Along with Batocabe, his escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz was also shot.

The two victims were rushed to the hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.

Batocabe was a candidate for mayor of Daraga and was on his last term as congressman of Ako Bicol partylist.


DepEd urges schools to enforce anti-bullying campaign

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has reminded public and private schools about the adoption and enforcement of anti-bullying policies.

This, after videos showing a junior high school student of Ateneo de Manila University bullying several boys went viral on Thursday.

In a statement released Friday, the department urged kindergarten, elementary, and secondary public and private schools to implement DepEd Order No. 40 series of 2012 or the Child Protection Policy.

In one video, the high school student attacked a taller student in the bathroom whom he asked to choose between "bugbog o dignidad" (getting a beating or dignity).

"Kasi kung pinili niya ang dignidad, papaluhurin ko siya, tapos hahalikan niya ang pareho kong sapatos, tapos papahalikan ko sa kanya 'yung bayag ko (If he chooses his dignity, I would tell him to kneel, kiss my shoes, and kiss my genitals),” the bully said in the video.

In another video, the same student forces his peer to admit being dumb and to kiss the bully’s shoes so the latter won't receive a beating from him.

The policy institutionalizes zero tolerance against any form of violence against the child and provided for the establishment of a Child Protection Committee (CPC) in all public and private schools.

DepEd also cited DepEd Order No. 55 series of 2013 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10627, otherwise known as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.

The order requires public and private schools to submit copies of their respective anti-bullying or child protection policies within six months from the effectivity of the IRR to their Division Office.

"The same shall be submitted to the Regional Director in addition to the requirements for an application for permit to operate and/or recognition as prescribed by the existing rules of the Department," the statement read.

DepEd stressed that Rule IV of the order requires a "comprehensive and multi-faceted bullying prevention program", which includes education stakeholders and personnel.

The victims, bullies and other parties involved in or affected by the bullying incident must undergo intervention strategies to enhance their psychological, emotional and psychosocial well-being as provided by the concerned schools.

"Private schools that fail to comply with the requirements of RA 10627 or of the IRR may face penalties under the law," the statement read.

The DepEd also encouraged learners, who experience or witness bullying, abuse, or retaliation, "to speak up and report verified incidents to their peers, parents, teachers, and the appropriate authorities for proper intervention."

It also reiterated that the CPC and school personnel must treat the identity and personal circumstances of bullies, victims, or witnesses with utmost confidentiality.

On Thursday, Ateneo de Manila Junior High School principal Jose Antonio Salvador said the incidents depict "an evident act of violence that constitutes a serious violation of disciplinary misconduct."

"The Ateneo Junior High School is dealing with this matter seriously beginning with an immediate investigation that ensued the moment the report reached us," he said. (PNA)

TESDA, DOTr eye skills training for 13K PUJ drivers, operators

MANILA -- A new tie-up between the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyed to give skills training to about 13,000 people from 2018 to 2022.

The two agencies signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last week to provide skills training to drivers and operators, who will be affected by the Public Utility Vehicles Modernization Program.

The families of the affected drivers and operators are also included as beneficiaries, TESDA Deputy Director General Gaspar Gayona, officer-in-charge of communities and local government units, said on Wednesday.

Qualified beneficiaries will be determined by the DOTr, according to TESDA.

The agency added that the DOTr has allotted PHP350 million for the program, which will run from 2018-2022.

Gayona said the MOA includes the development of training regulations and skills training.

He said initial preparations for the program have started this month.

The beneficiaries can choose the skills they would like to train for, he added.

The trainees will also get PHP350 daily allowance once they complete the training.

TESDA and DOTr will collaborate in developing training regulations and curricula for the needed qualifications for Transport Safety Officers, Automotive Servicing, and Fleet Management.

"At present, we don't offer these courses or qualifications at TESDA. That's why these will be pursued," Gayona said. (PNA)

DPWH starts civil works on CamSur expressway

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bicol regional office has recently started the construction of the Camarines Sur expressway that is part of the national highway in the province.

DPWH-Bicol Regional Director, Engineer Vergilio Eduarte, said in an interview on Wednesday that his office started last Nov. 26 the implementation of the San Fernando to Pili segment of the main thoroughfare.

The project has a total of 15 kilometers of road concreting with an initial allocation of PHP792.163 million from the national government, funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2018.

Eduarte noted that the civil works of the project involve the four-lane road with bicycle lanes as well as sidewalk with waterways structures including farm crossing overpass structures, access roads, drainage and slope protection structures, rest bays and expressway safety features.

The project would serve as an alternate route of motorists going to the southern and eastern municipalities of Camarines Sur including those going to the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon as well as portions of Mindanao, he added.

Eduarte said the construction of the expressway would reduce travel time and resolve the traffic congestion particularly during the Peñafrancia Festival in Naga City and the summer months when there is an influx of travelers to Camarines Sur and other parts of Bicol region.

The project is part of the "Build, Build, Build" program of the national government which aims to improve infrastructure development in order to boost the economic activities in the countryside. (PNA)

Army's 9ID in Bicol has new commander

9th Infantry Division
Bicol Standard photo
LEGAZPI CITY -- Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad on Wednesday took over the reign of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division (9ID), replacing Maj. Gen. Jesus Mananquil, who is retiring this month.

Capt. Joash Pramis, 9ID public affairs chief, said Thursday that Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto, Army commanding general, officiated the formal turnover rites at the 9ID headquarters in Pili, Camarines Sur.

Trinidad, before his new command assignment, was the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence and considered as among the top military intelligence strategists.

Pramis, in a phone interview, said Trinidad is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Batch 1986, and his tour of duty includes being chief of the Army Civil-Military Office (CMO), commander of the 31st Army Battalion in Sipocot, Camarines Norte, and 903rd Army Brigade commander in Castilla, Sorsogon.

Trinidad said he would further intensify the government's campaign against insurgency and closely coordinate with various stakeholders in Bicol.

The 9ID with headquarters in Pili, Camarines Sur, has under its command three brigades operating in the provines of Albay, Camarines Norte, and Sorsogon. (PNA)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Give the gift of creativity with Arog Kaito art fair in Daet!

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Bicol Standard is a proud sponsor of a two-day art fair featuring the finest young creatives of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur to be held at Café Morga on December 21 to 22, 2018 here.

Shop for artsy and exciting holiday gifts at Arog Kaito while supporting local talents such as up-and-coming art and crafts dealership Artsikrap;handmade calligraphy by the Calligrafer and Edward Alipio zines and prints by Sam Escueta; handpainted shoes by Lakaw; sculptures and paintings by Paolo Gerero Arte Sacro and artworks by scholars and alumni of Teknikas Benming Corp..

The art fair is open from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Mayor Bongat: No to STL in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Mayor John Bongat vehemently objects to the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL) in this city based on legal and moral grounds.

“I have always been against any form of gambling, but especially STL, which does not differ from jueteng except for its cloak of legality given by the national government,” he told the Bicol Standard this morning.

“Hence it will, like jueteng, corrode the moral fiber of our fellow Nagueños who will be addicted to this form of gambling,” he said.

The local chief executive added that STL will also promote indolence and induce dependence on luck rather than good, old-fashioned hard work to better their future.

Bongat thus requested authority from the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to file a case for Injunction with Prayer for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Prohibition Injunction against Evenchance Gaming Corporation (hereafter Evenchance) from operating STL within the territorial jurisdiction of Naga City.

Evenchance holds office at DSI Building, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, and is represented by its Vice President Jerome A. Bañez, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), represented by its General Manager Alexander Balutan.

“Evenchance justifies its operation of STL in Naga City with the decision of Regional Trial Court Branch 213 in Mandaluyong City permanently stopping PCSO from implementing its board resolutions intending to accept applicants for and awarding STL agency agreement in the Province of Camarines Sur, and directing Evenchance to wind up its operations in said province,” Bongat noted.

“However, while geographically, Naga City is inside Camarines Sur, the former is an independent component city. Ironically, while said decision applies only to the province of Camarines Sur, Evenchance is not operating in the province but inside the territorial jurisdiction of Naga City,” he explained.

“Legally, Evenchance’s operation of STL in Naga City stands on precarious ground,” he stressed.
The request was sent to Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga City Nelson S. Legacion.

Meanwhile, Bongat added that he has informed Senior Supt. Felix Servita, City Director of the Naga City Police Office, of this issue.

Servita replied that he has referred the same to the legal section of Police Regional Office 5, and has not received any word as of press time.

Cam Sur Mobile Passport Service offers 4,000 slots

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard)—No less than 4,000 slots for processing and availment of passport are available at the Mobile Passport Service organized by the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur through the Camarines Sur Employment Center in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs - Manila scheduled on March 13 to 14, 2019 at the Capitol Convention Center, Capitol Complex, Cadlan, this town.

In line with this, the Camarines Sur Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has announced that it is now accepting pre-registration to determine the number of applicants who will avail processing.

Said office announced that the DFA will strictly implement the No Walk-in Applicants policy during the Mobile Passport Service.

Applicants with lost valid passport will not be accepted, the office clarified.

Meantime, according to the DFA, the following are the core requirements for adult new applicants: confirmed appointment, personal appearance, accomplished application form, original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper, and any of the specified valid IDs with one photocopy.

The following is the list of acceptable IDs: SSS/GSIS Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card, LTO Driver's License (student permit may be accepted in card format), PRC ID, OWWA, iDOLE card, COMELEC Voter's ID or Voter's Certification from Election Officer (with dry seal), PNP Firearms License, Senior Citizen ID, School ID (if applicable), current valid ePassport, host government-issued IDs showing Philippine citizenship for applicants based overseas.

Application forms and the list of requirements are available at the Camarines Sur PESO or through the DFA website.

Camarines Sur PESO also reminded the applicants to write legibly on the application forms with no erasures, and to fill out all information needed.

Only one valid and active e-mail address per applicant is accepted.

It also reminded applicants to attach the original documents with the photocopies and have them in a short brown envelope with nothing written.

All application forms with attached requirements must be submitted on or before January 31, 2019 at Camarines Sur PESO.

For more information, kindly contact the Camarines Sur PESO.

Pulis, Army sa Bicol nasa full alert ngonian

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Ibinugtak sa full alert an gabos na police sa Bicol Region kasunod kan serye nin pag atake kan mga communistang New People's Army (NPA).

Segun ki Chief Supt Arnel Escobal, PNP Regional Office V chief, an mga NPA nag lansar nin serye nin pag-pamate sa mga police stations, sarong mobile force company asin sa sarong grupo nin mga soldados, digdi sa Bicol.

May posibilidad na mag-atake mga rebelde sa masunod na mga aldaw, kaya pirmeng nasa red alert status an mga pulis, sabi ni Escobal.

Mientrastanto, sarong companiya kan Special Action Force (SAF) an naghuhunting na ngonian kan mga NPA na iyo an responsable sa nasambit na pag atake.

Enot kaini an CPP nag declarar nin "unilateral ceasefire" sa minasunod na mga fecha asin oras:
Alas 12:01 nin aga sa Disyembre 24, 2018 abot alas 11:59 nin bangui sa Disyembre 26, 2018.

Poon alas 12:01 nin aga sa Disyembre 31, 2018 abot alas 11:59 nin bangui sa Enero 1, 2019.

An Communist Party of the Philippines asin an New People's Army (CPP-NPA) macelebrar kan saindang founding anniversary sa fecha 26 ngonian na bulan (Diciembre).

Maroromdoman na an liderato kan Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) nagsayuma na mag declarar nin ceasefire sa mga aldaw na pig nag declarar nin unilateral ceasefire an CPP-NPA, nin huli ta segun sainda mayo nin saysay an declarasyon, ta sinusurongan man sana sinda kan mga rebelde maski pa may ceasefire.

Utang kan DPWH Bicol sa mga contratista, nagpapara dakula pa

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Dakula nang problema an inaatubang ngonian kan Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa Bicol nin huli sa dakula nang kantidad nin cuarta an dai nababayadan sa saindang mga contratista.

Segun sa pahayag kan official kan DPWH sa region, na habo magpasambit kan pangaran, nag aagrangay na an mga contratista nin huli sa matatapos na an taon, dai nakaka collecta an mga contratista, na mayo sinda nin cash.

Mismong an officina regional kan DPWH an nagkukulog na an payo sa kasisimbag sa kapotan kan mga contratista, na nag ngangayo-ngayo na magkaigwa nin collection, ta dakul na an saindang mga babayaran, kabale an mga benefisyon kan mga empleado na dapat maitao antes magtaon an taon.

Base sa pahayag kan informante, dai makulang sa limang bilyon na pesos an dapat bayaran sa mga contratista hasta sa katapusan kan Nobyembre, nin huli sa tarapos nang patrabaho, alagad mayo nin cuarta an opisina.

Sabi kan budget officer kan sarong distrito sa Camarines Sur, nakatambak na sa saindang officina an mga papeles kan mga contratista, poon pa kan naka-aging tulong bulan, alagad maromarom an paglaom na sinda mababayaran sagkod sa katapusan kan taon.

Mayo pa nin pahayag si DPWH Region V Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte mapadapit sa problemang ini.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FDA: Be cautious in buying Noche Buena products

MANILA—The Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines (FDA) reminded consumers anew to be cautious in buying food items specially this holiday season.

Authorities from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and FDA recently seized various processed food products that were either expired or tampered in Manila following reports received by FDA’s Regulation Enforcement Unit.

Health authorities, on the other hand, also reminded the public to always check the expiry date of the products to avoid possible food poisoning.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also urged business operators and sellers to strictly follow the suggested retail prices (SRPs) of Noche Buena products, as well as basic necessities and prime commodities to avoid fines and penalties. (FDA PR)

Bicolano cage player gets drafted into PBA

Jorey Napoles

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A Bicolano is among those who got drafted into the Philippine Basketball Association earlier this week.

Jorey Napoles of Daraga, Albay, is also the first player from the Technological Institute of the Philippines to get drafted into the PBA.

He will play for Phoenix Fuel Masters, the PBA confirmed.

Called a “surprise pick”by local sports analysts, Napoles is said to be unlike the players from the UAAP and NCCA who are used to getting national attention.

Napoles is noted for his rebound and defense.

The other picks, meanwhile, include:
CJ Perez (Columbian Dyip)
Bobby Ray Parks (Blackwater Elite)
Robert Bolick Jr. (NorthPort Batang Pier)
Paul Desiderio (NLEX Road Warriors)
Trevis Jackson (Meralco Bolts)
Jayvee Mocon (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)
Abu Tratter (NLEX Road Warriors)
Jayjay Alejandro (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)
Jesper Ayaay (Alaska Aces)
Michael Calisaan (Magnolia Hotshots)
JP Calvo (Columbian Dyip)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Faeldon, Jr. faces charge with stiffer penalties

Photo courtesy of Bicol PNP
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Nicanor Faeldon, Jr., the son of the chief of the Bureau of Corrections, is now facing a complaint for violation of Section 6 of Republic Act 9165 which penalizes the maintenance of a den, dive, or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form.

This after the Naga City Police Office amended the original complaint, which charged Faeldon, Jr. for violation of Section 7 of R.A. 9165, which penalizes employees and visitors of a den, dive or resort.

The charge was changed upon the recommendation of the City Prosecution Office, after Faeldon, Jr. made a statement that he was not a visitor of the alleged drug den, but had been residing there for the past six months, SPO2 Tobias Bongon, Naga City Police Office spokesperson, told the Bicol Standard.

The penalty of life imprisonment to death and a fine ranging from Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) to Ten million pesos (P10,000,000.00) shall be imposed upon any person or group of persons who shall maintain a den, dive or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form, Republic Act 9165 reads.

As of this writing, Faeldon, Jr. remains at the detention center in Naga City Police Station 1.

Meantime, also charged were: Russel “Bubbles" Lanuzo y Bermudo, for violation of Sections 11, 12, and 15; Allan Valdez y Grate for violation of Section 7 and 15; and Manuel Niebres y Millares for violation of Section 7 and 15.

All four were arrested at Barangay Mabolo on December 14 at the residence of Lanuzo in an operation led by the Naga City Police Office.

Earlier, Faeldon, Jr. tested negative for the presence of dangerous drugs, while Lanuzo, Valdez, and Niebres tested positive.

Safe PH Project to improve police response time, deter crime

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday clarified that the Safe Philippines emergency response and monitoring system is not primarily for surveillance but is an integrated system to improve police response time as well as to deter and reduce crime.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the project will level up the 911 emergency system of the DILG-Philippine National Police (PNP) and will be used to improve public safety, evidence collection in the event of criminal activities, incident prevention measures for disaster-related mitigation and response, and police and fire emergency response in addressing traffic and criminal incidents.

"A similar system is in place in many cities in the world especially in large metropolitan cities like Metro Manila. It's about time we have a similar system in our country," the DILG chief said in a news release.

"Under this project, we can reduce crime by 15 percent and improve response time by 25 percent," he said.

On Nov. 19, the DILG signed the USD396.8-million contract with the winning bidder China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) for the construction and installation of monitoring systems in Metro Manila and Davao City.

Under phase 1 of the Safe Philippines Project, DILG will provide 18 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila and Davao City with integrated operations and command centers and a remote back-up data center.

Año said all cities in Metro Manila and Davao City will have their own command centers to be located at the PNP city headquarters.

Meanwhile, a national command center will be constructed in Metro Manila, while its remote back-up data center will be placed in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

Metro Manila was identified as the pilot city for the project due to its dense population. Davao City, on the other hand, was chosen to complement the monitoring system already in place in the city.

Data protection

The DILG Secretary assured the public that they will take necessary measures such as installing protocols and standard operating procedures to protect the data stored in the CCTV system.

"The DILG will install the necessary firewalls to protect the system from hackers and other threats. This will be installed by the DILG and funded by our government," he said.

“The public also doesn’t have to worry about data breaches in the project as there will be no storage of classified data or information inimical to national security in the CCTV system,” Año said.

“The project will simply allow our police to respond to criminal activities, address disasters and traffic issues, and apprehend suspects in the event of threats to public order, safety and security,” he added.

Meanwhile, Año clarified that while Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. was one of the three bidders of the project, it did not win the bid.

“Huawei and CMEC were disqualified from the bid because they did not meet the standards and specifications of the Special Bids and Awards Committee. Only CITCC met the requirements,” Año said.

The PNP has been wanting to build a similar system since the previous administration, but it never took off because of the high cost, he said.

The DILG prepared the feasibility study of the National Safe Cities Project, which was submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in December 2016 for approval.

The name was changed to the Safe Philippines Project together with the submission of the final feasibility study to NEDA, which was approved in January 2018.

The Safe Philippines Phase I Project is a joint project between the governments of the Philippines and People’s Republic of China to ensure the effective and efficient management of public order, safety and security.

"People living in Metro Manila and Davao City will feel a lot more safer walking the streets at night knowing that this system is in place," Año said.

“This will further empower local government units and our police to be more responsive and proactive in addressing crime-related incidents,” the DILG chief said. (PR)

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